Authors have all sorts of devices to keep them on track when it comes to creating works of fiction and character building. If you are high-tech, you might consider one of these packages:
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If you are low-tech, you might have a mood board on which to pin actual images and/or a white or chalkboard to plot your progress.
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Or, if you are like Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma then it’s all in your head. He said that the genesis of the story forms in his subconscious where it remains and continues to grow, sometimes for months on end, until it is time for the story to be written. Chigozi then sits down to write and does not get up until it is finished. Extensive edits and revisions follow to ensure the lyrical quality of the writing.
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My modus operandi in the past has been similar to Chigozi’s – in that my ideas have all been stored in my head, tucked away in a far corner, waiting for the right opportunity for these fragments and images to become magically spun into a story. And this has worked reasonably well in the past, because although my brain does not always function well when remembering passwords (and it’s downright dyslexic when it come it comes to PINs), its facility to remember obscure facts and feelings is pretty good.
But with a view to being more productive, I have to decided to put aside some time each week to work on character development and use whatever talents I have to make them come to life.
The evolution of Suzi Sharp
Suzi Sharp started out her life as Suzette Sharp, and as a figment of my imagination.
Suzette’s mother was a Francophile who was devastated when Suzette shortened her name to Suzi. But Suzi is short and succinct, and you can always dot the “i” with a love heart or daisy, as my Suzi often does!
Josette (Suzi’s Francophile mother) got her revenge because when I went to colour in my first Suzi prototype, she directed me to the shades of French Onion soup.
Shades of aubergine and brown aside, my Suzi’s a pretty lucky girl. Her heart shaped face makes her exactly the type of girl who suits a pixie cut, but as you can see, she got bored with it, and has decided to grow it out.
Suzi likes to show off her long and slender limbs in shorts and sleeveless shells. And because she’s so lean, almost anything looks good on her.
Hats of any description, including the very difficult to wear Mexican sombrero, look great on Suzi.
Still in her prime, Suzi spends very little on actual clothes but pays an awful lot for her lipsticks, sunglasses and shoes.
Suzi has a particular talent for online advertising. Her copy is never longer than three lines, and so titillating and engaging that visitors almost always click on the URL for more – which is very convenient, because Suzi gets paid per click.
Most days Suzi is very happy with her lot, even on days like today when she’s dressed in French Onion soup brown. From lightest to darkest browns, this brunette beauty looks great in these warm and rich hues.
But that’s enough of Suzi Sharp for today, I am working on creating her friend, loquacious Lovisa. Stay tuned!